Russian President Vladimir Putin said that his job in the KGB was connected with the illegal exploration.
«All my work in the foreign intelligence of the USSR, was connected not just with the foreign intelligence Service, namely the illegal intelligence. And I know these people», – quotes Agency «Interfax» Putin’s interview to the program «Vesti on Saturday» on TV channel «Russia 1».
According to the Russian President, working in the illegal exploration people «special, special qualities, special beliefs, these are people of a special warehouse of character.»
«To abandon his current life, to give up their loved ones from home and leave the country for many, many years, to devote his life to serving the Fatherland, not everyone can. This can only be selected. I say this without exaggeration, – said Putin. – With this approach, with this approach, to country, to his people of illegal intelligence.»
As noted by RIA Novosti, Vladimir Putin, in 1985-1990 he worked in the GDR for the First line of the main Directorate of the KGB, which was responsible for foreign intelligence, and was Director of the friendship House USSR-GDR in Dresden.